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A Data Processing Lesson for Statistics about AIDS

Students explore global data about AIDS, and apply statistical methods to draw inferences about this global health issues.

Math Content:

Statistics, Data Analysis, Graphing

Issue Areas:

AIDS

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Lesson Plans

Bills, Bills, Bills: A Real Life Mathematical Experience

This unit integrates literature, music, and cooperative learning into middle school mathematics. Students will learn to use decimals, percents, and make predictions about their own spending.

Math Content:

Decimals, Percentages

Issue Areas:

Banking, Financial Management, Low-Wage Labor

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Lesson Plans

Building a Community Garden

In this unit, students evolve their understanding of perimeter, area, and similarity, particularly how they can be practically applied, while developing a better understanding of issues of hunger and poverty in our community.

Math Content:

Perimeter, Area, Similarity, Geometry, Rectangles

Issue Areas:

Hunger, Poverty

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Lesson Plans

Casualties from Iraq War

Students explore monthly data from a 1-year period when the US was at war in Iraq, and use different methods to calculate averages based on the desired outcome from three assigned perspectives.

Math Content:

Averages

Issue Areas:

War, Iraq War

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Lesson Plans

Banking Options in Low-Income Communities

Students explore how exploitative financial institutions are prevalent in low-income communities, and the mechanisms they use to take advantage of people. Students investigate compounding interest on loans.

Math Content:

Interest, Compound Interest, Percent Growth

Issue Areas:

Financial Exploitation, Payday Loans, Check Cashing, Banking, Low-Income, Poverty

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Lesson Plans

Black Disenfranchisement

Students construct histograms using data about Black disenfranchisement rates

Math Content:

Histograms, Graphing

Issue Areas:

Disenfranchisement, Voter Rights, Poverty

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Data Sets

Bureau of Justice Statistics Data Collection

Broad range of data which can be disaggregated by factors including geography, age, race, gender, covering topics including crime, incarceration, violent crimes, school arrests, prisons, etc.

Math Content:

Data Analysis, Statistics, Graphing

Issue Areas:

Prisons, Incarceration, Crime, Murder, School Shootings, Jails, Parole, Arrests, Police, Police Brutality, Juvenile Detention, Human Trafficking, Sexual Violence

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Data Sets

Center for Disease Control Data

Comprehensive website with searchable data sets about a wide range of health-related topics including asthma, life expectancy, tobacco use, diabetes, food-borne illness, etc.

Math Content:

Data Analysis, Statistics, Graphing

Issue Areas:

Asthma, Diabetes, Health, Cancer, Breastfeeding, Heart Disease, Tobacco, Smoking, Obesity

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Lesson Plans

Banking on a Good Turn

Students research the economies of countries in the Group of 8 and present how their economies have changed over the past five years and how the relationships among these countries affect each other in light of world events. Finally, they individually reflect on how the war with Iraq has impacted the economy of one of the Group of 8 members.

Math Content:

Economics

Issue Areas:

War, Globalization

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Lesson Plans

Born on Third Base

Students explore how wealthy Americans acquired their fortunes using a baseball analogy of the advantages of starting on third base.

Math Content:

Economics, Percent Growth

Issue Areas:

Wealth Inequality, CEO Pay, Inheritance

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Data Sets

Cancer Facts & Statistics

The regularly updated Facts & Figures website present the most current trends in cancer occurrence and survival, as well as information on symptoms, prevention, early detection and treatment. Data can be disaggregated by race, gender, geography, and other factors.

Math Content:

Data Analysis, Statistics, Graphing

Issue Areas:

Cancer, Health, Disproportionality

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Infographic

Color of Wealth Infographic

This infographic aims to increase our understanding of the roots of racial economic inequality and of the harm caused by racist policies implemented throughout the history of the United States.

Math Content:

Percents, Money

Issue Areas:

Racial Wealth Gap, Wealth Inequality

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